TRACER – Screamer In The Night [recorded 1990 / remastered 2021]
Originally released in 1990 on cassette format only, now 2021 TRACER’s cult album ”Screamer In The Night” is being reissued remastered from best possible sources. TRACER first would begin to come together in 1985 when guitarist Kenny Carpenter put together a cover band called ACES WILD. Towards the end of the year the band were already writing their own material and changed their name to TRACER.
While this album was recorded 1990, the style & sound makes you think 1983: ”Screamer In The Night” mixes hard rockin’ stuff akin STEELER or LEATHERWOLF with Pomp / analog synth driven songs ala NEW ENGLAND, ANGEL, TOBRUK, etc.
In fact, only the title track – included into some ‘unsigned bands’ compilation albums back in the day – is quite hard rock / metal, the rest of the album is much more melodic and plenty of vintage synth runs.
Towards the end of the ’80s, TRACER had solid line-up consisting of guitarist Kenny Carpenter, vocalist Tony Dant, keyboardist Ron Prevost, bassist Gary Ryan and drummer Jim Raleigh. Before any further line-up changes might occur, the band quickly went into LSP Studios in Annapolis Maryland to begin recording their debut album.
Previously recorded tracks recorded at Wizard Works were also brought in to be reworked. That same year TRACER would release their indie, cassette only 11-track debut “Screamer in the Night”.
TRACER would immediately start playing shows in support of the album. The following year bassist Gary Ryan would leave the band, being briefly replaced. Tony Dant would also decide to leave the band.
After the departure of Dant, TRACER officially decided to not continue.
TRACER was a short-lived circuit band with a revolving door of members but they would manage to record some pretty catchy tunes and leave in their wake one full album.
01 – Screamer in the Night
02 – Threat or a Promise
03 – Every Time
04 – Dreamin’ Again
05 – Shadow of a Doubt
06 – Light of the Morning
07 – Bed of Nails
08 – Who Do You Want
09 – Sweet Lucy
10 – Evil Heart
11 – Two Times Goodbye
Tony Dant – Vocals
Kenny Carpenter – Guitars
Ron Prevost – Keyboards, Synths, Backing Vocals
Gary Ryan – Bass
Jim Raleigh – Drums